Thurston County Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan Update
Thurston County completed a final version of its Comprehensive Flood
Hazard Management Plan in January 2013. A 12-member steering committee
worked with the County consultant and staff to refine the Flood Plan.
The final version of the plan can be found below.
Thurston County Flood
Hazard Mitigation Plan
2016 Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan Annual Progress Report
2015 Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan Annul Progress Report
2014 Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan Annul Progress Report
There were four public workshops to receive
citizen input on the update of the "Thurston County Comprehensive Flood
Hazard Management Plan".
- August 20th, 5:30 to 8:00 PM @ Thurston County Courthouse
Bldg. #1, Room 152, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SE, Olympia
- August 21st, 5:30 to 8:00 PM @ Thurston County Emergency
Management, 9521 Tilley Rd. SW
- November 14th, 5:30 to 7:00 @ Thurston County Emergency
Management, 9521 Tilley Rd. SW.
The public submitted their comments during this public meeting.
- December 11th, 3:00 PM @ the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000
Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, Building #1, Room 280 a public hearing
was held and public testimony and comments were heard.
Steering Committee members include:
- Sue Thorne (Black River area citizen)
- Paul Pickett (citizen representing academia)
- Glenn Connelly (representing the Chehalis Tribe)
- Jeff Clem (citizen business representative in Nisqually area)
- Tris Carlson (citizen representing the County Storm and Surface
Water Advisory Board)
- Nicole Hill (citizen representing the Nisqually Land Trust)
- Alan Vanell (representing the Town of Bucoda as the Mayor
- Howard Glastetter (citizen from Nisqually area)
- Paul Brewster (representing Thurston Regional Planning)
- Tim Rubert (County Floodplain Manager)
- Andrew Kinney (County Emergency Management)
- Mark Swartout (County Floodplain Administrator)
Below are the Committee approved Guiding Principles and Goals
- Provide a methodical approach to flood hazard planning that can
integrate with other planning mechanisms that enhance or support
- Enhance the public’s awareness and understanding of the flood
- Create a decision making tool for policy and decision makers.
- Promote compliance with State and Federal Program requirements.
- Assure inter-jurisdictional coordination on all floodplain
- Reduce the vulnerability to flood hazards in order to protect
the life, health, safety, welfare and property of the community’s
residents, businesses and visitors.
- All sectors of the community work together to create a flood
hazard resilient community.
- Assure that local and state government entities have the
capabilities and capacity to develop, implement and maintain
effective floodplain management programs in the Thurston region.
- Assure that collectively, the communities within the Thurston
region maintain the capacity to initiate and sustain emergency
operations during and after a flood disaster.
- Local government essential operations are not significantly
disrupted by flood hazard events.
- Reduce the adverse impact on critical facilities and
infrastructure from flood hazard events within the Thurston region.
- Maintain, enhance, and restore the natural environment’s
capacity to withstand and mitigate the impacts of flood hazard
- Increase public awareness [and preparation] of the vulnerability
to flood hazards.
Steering Committee Meetings